The Nigeria Football Federation and players of the Senior Women National Team, Super Falcons, are in mourning following the death of the team’s Media Officer, Miss Gracious Akujobi, on Thursday morning.
The NFF website reports that doctors confirmed Gracious Akujobi dead on arrival at the General Hospital, Maitama, Abuja at about 7am on Thursday after she suddenly took ill at the team’s Parkview Hotel, Zone 1.
She was said to have looked ill and appeared to have struggled hard to open the door to her room, when some persons noticed her.
The team doctor and physiotherapist and other officials moved quickly to attend to her and then rushed her to the hospital, but she died on the way.
“This is a very tragic occurrence. Gracious (Akujobi) was such an energetic, hardworking officer and her death has come as a terrible shock. Her commitment to the job was never in doubt.
“The NFF is in deep mourning with her family over this tragedy,” said NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi.
She first served as Media Officer of the Super Falcons in 2011, before she was moved to the U-17 Women National Team in 2012. She was re-instated to the senior team in 2013 and was with the team at the recently concluded 7th FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in Canada.
Gracious Akujobi was born on October 26, 1977. She was a native of Owerri, Imo State.